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Funding for businesses to collaborate on large-scale manufacturing projects. The Manufacturing Collaboration Stream provides funding for a small number of large, transformational projects. Projects that will either directly feature collaboration or will create and facilitate collaborative ecosystems


Level of support

Grants from $20 million to $200 million


Important dates

Open date: 11 Aug 2021 12:00 AM AEST

Close date: 09 Sep 2021 05:00 PM AEST



The Manufacturing Collaboration Stream supports large-scale manufacturing projects with:

  • business-to-business collaboration at their core and/or
  • business-to-research collaboration at their core.

This stream will catalyse long-term transformation in the National Manufacturing Priority areas. It will focus private and public investment to help create the environment and incentives for Australian manufacturers to:

  • collaborate
  • scale up
  • move towards higher value added activities
  • become more competitive.

Applicants should show how their project aligns with the grant objectives.

The objectives of the Manufacturing Collaboration Stream are to:

  • Foster collaboration between businesses, research organisations, investors and other parties to realise transformation in Australia’s manufacturers towards higher value added segments of the manufacturing ‘smile curve’
  • Support manufacturers to work together to build manufacturing networks and ecosystems, unlock complementary capabilities, overcome barriers to scale and grow, and access global markets
  • Support long-term job creation and a more highly skilled workforce in the Australian manufacturing sector
  • Increase investment in Australian manufacturing, particularly in high-value added activities
  • Increase manufacturing capability, business acumen, knowledge diffusion and expertise.


Eligible activities

To be eligible your project must:

  • aim to meet the objectives and outcomes in Section 2.4
  • have at least $60.6 million in eligible expenditure

Eligible activities may include:

  • constructing, establishing, and fitting out new manufacturing facilities, buildings or hubs where they will support high-value added manufacturing activities, collaboration and scaling up manufacturing in Australia
  • transforming existing manufacturing facilities through modifications or refits where this will support high-value added manufacturing activities, collaboration and scaling up manufacturing in Australia
  • design, branding, distribution and after sales services where this will support high-value added manufacturing activities, collaboration and scaling up manufacturing in Australia
  • acquiring, designing, installing, constructing and commissioning new plant, equipment and machinery for new or modified manufacturing facilities/hubs
  • acquiring technology and/or purchasing intellectual property (IP) required to undertake the project
  • proof of concept activities and the commercialisation of research and development outcomes
  • collaboration with partners that bring complementary strengths from across the innovation chain, value chain and/or supply chain, to cooperatively overcome barriers to scale and/or increase competitiveness and/or access new markets to provide national benefits to Australia
  • enhancing existing manufacturing techniques and processes, products and services including via technology adoption
  • workshops, mentoring or guidance activities for the purposes of knowledge transfer and diffusion to members of the collaboration.

We may also approve other activities where you can demonstrate they are directly linked to manufacturing activities, necessary to the project achieving its outcomes and consistent with the objectives of the program.

You cannot use the grant to cover retrospective costs. The majority of the activities and funding expenditure must occur in Australia.  You may undertake project activities overseas if the activity cannot be undertaken in Australia and is critical to the successful completion of the project. Eligible overseas activities expenditure is limited to 10 per cent of total eligible expenditure unless you have prior written approval by the Program Delegate. Refer to Appendix A for further guidance on overseas expenditure


Eligible expenditure

You can only spend grant funds on eligible expenditure you have incurred on an agreed project as defined in your grant agreement.

For guidance on eligible expenditure, see Appendix A.

For guidance on ineligible expenditure, see Appendix B.

We may update the guidance on eligible and ineligible expenditure from time to time. If your application is successful, the version in place when you submitted your application applies to your project.

If your application is successful, we may ask you to verify project costs that you provided in your application. You may need to provide evidence, such as quotes for major costs.

Not all expenditure on your project may be eligible for grant funding. The Program Delegate makes the final decision on what is eligible expenditure and may give additional guidance on eligible expenditure if required.

To be eligible, expenditure must:

  • be a direct cost of the project
  • be incurred by you for required project audit activities.

You must incur the project expenditure between the project start and end date as defined in your grant agreement for it to be eligible unless stated otherwise.

You may elect to commence your project from the date of the letter of offer. We are not responsible for any expenditure you incur until your project has been approved for grant funding and a grant agreement is executed. The Commonwealth will not be liable, and should not be held out as being liable, for any activities undertaken before the grant agreement is executed


Eligible applicants

Australian large-scale manufacturers

To be eligible you must have an Australian business number (ABN).

We can only accept applications:

  • where your project aligns with one or more of the six National Manufacturing Priorities
  • with a minimum of $60.6 million in eligible project expenditure
  • where no more than 50% of your project is funded from Commonwealth funding sources
  • where no more than 65% of your project is funded from all government sources (including Commonwealth, State and Territory and local)
  • where your project shows the potential to expand or promote interstate or international trade
  • where you provide letters of support from your project partners.

In your application you must also:

  • provide evidence from your board (or chief executive officer or equivalent if there is no board) that the project is supported, and that you can complete the project and meet the costs of the project not covered by grant funding. The evidence of support template must be used.
  • be able provide a detailed governance plan. The plan must outline the intended arrangements for managing your project and relationships with partners. You must also show why the proposed arrangements are most suitable for your project


Getting help

Dowling Consultancy welcomes enquiries from small businesses requiring professional grant application and submission guidance to enhance their chances of success. We have assisted numerous businesses with grant applications since 2013 and achieved approximately $10 million in awarded government grants for numerous projects

Contact Steve Dowling on 0409 478 850 for a confidential, no obligation eligibility assessment discussion

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Dowling Consultancy’s team can assist in project scoping, writing comprehensive and congruent applications, and liaising with program managers to maximise your chance of funding success


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